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  • required documents
  • visa regulations
  • studying, living and working in Bremen - how does it work etc.

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General information about IGC

What is IGC?

The International Graduate Center (IGC) is part of the Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences, a state university that enjoys a tradition of more than 100 years. Located in the heart of Bremen, the IGC offers a wide range of MBA and master degree programs in the area of international and European business and management. Its internationally oriented study programs prepare students for leadership tasks and represent the perfect basis for a successful career.

Where is the IGC located?

Located in the heart of the Hanseatic city of Bremen in Germany, the IGC is near the city’s beautiful center, the airport, and some of the main parts of the city. These include Bremen’s oldest quarter, the Schnoor and the Schlacte, a riverfront that contains places to walk and hang out. It is surrounded by multiple options of cafés, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and further shopping opportunities. Thanks to its convenient location, the IGC can also be quickly and easily reached by public transport. For more information on transport connections, please check the section “Location Plan” on the following link.


How can I get in contact with the IGC?

Please contact us via our contact form

General contact details:
Mailing address:
International Graduate Center
Hochschule Bremen – University of Applied Sciences
Langemarckstr. 113
28199 Bremen – Germany



Differences between MBA and Master

What is an MBA?

The Master of Business Administration is a rather young academic degree originating from the U.S. in the 20th century. As a non-consecutive kind of studying, the education of the MBA program is not just based on previous course work, but also on additional qualifications in a range of management and business fields in a practice-oriented way. Additionally, students can guide their career in another direction with the MBA.

  • Requirements: Successfully completed Bachelor's degree & work experience
  • Focus: Theory & Practice alike, basic knowledge in different business disciplines, learning on the operative level
  • Structure: Full time or half time (1 or 2 years), Part 1: Core modules, Part 2: Specialization & dissertation
  • Content: Theory in a classroom setting, practical orientation with external practitioners, discussions, consulting-projects, hard & soft skills
  • Career prospects: Generalist, leadership positions, future career in diverse business fields

What is a Master?

In contrast to an MBA, a Master's Degree is a very old academic degree with roots in Europe in the 13th century. As a consecutive study program, the Master is based on the contents from the previous main course and aims to educate in a specific area by focusing on scientific analysis.

  • Requirements: Successfully completed Bachelor's degree
  • Focus: Theory & Literature, research-oriented, focus on one area of international business (e.g. marketing or finance), learning on the strategic level
  • Structure: Full time or half time (1 or 2 years), Part 1: Courses and lectures for specialization, Part 2: Master's thesis
  • Content: Theory, literature analysis, classical lectures and seminars
  • Career prospects:  Specialist, management position, research


What to do if I cannot decide whether I want an MBA or master?

Choosing the IBSA Dual Degree Master's Program, you don't have to decide at all whether to study the MBA or Master. With this program you can get two degrees in two countries in just one year: one MBA degree in Bremen and another degree at one of five accredited partner universities worldwide. Take the opportunity to increase your future career options with a Double Degree.


Before Application

How do I find out if I am suitable for one of the programs?

In order to find out if you are qualified, please check the requirements on the website. Additionally, you can also contact your program coordinator for the program you are interested in.

For more general questions, you can contact our admission team.


What are the requirements?

Basic entry requirements:

  • Copy of your passport or birth certificate

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Proof of previous University degree(s) and transcripts

  • Proof of English language skills (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS)

  • Proof of practical knowledge or work experience (at least 12 months, IMBA 2 years )

  • Letter of recommendation by a university teacher or employer

  • Motivation letter in which you express your interest in the program

  • Passport photograph

  • Original APS-Certificate (for Chinese and Vietnamese applicants only)

Please note that some programs have specific requirements so it is advised to check the program website to ensure you meet the requirements.

I do not have enough work experience. can I study at IGC without having practical knowledge?

All our programs require a minimum of 12 months’ work experience. For the Dual Degree Program International MBA you even need 24 months of work experience.

Internships can count as work experience as long as they have not been part of your previous studies.

Do I need to take a TOEFL or IELTS test if I already studied in English?

If your prior degree has been fully taught in English, you may provide us a formal letter from your university stating that English was the medium of instruction. There are certain exceptions to this requirement. If you are interested in receiving a double degree with the focus on International Finance and Investments, a TOEFL or IELTS test is required. The University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA (International Finance and Investments) accepts TOEFL and IELTS tests.



Can I apply for a summer semester start?

For full-time international programs, all courses start in October or November. It is not possible to start in the summer semester.




I have not yet completed my Bachelor’s degree. Can I submit the certificate later?

This may be possible depending on your application and circumstances. Please send an email to and we will provide you with a “Declaration of missing documents form.” When you fill out and submit the form, we can start evaluating your application. It is important to keep in mind that even if you are admitted, this does not waive the required document. You will need to bring the original documents with you to Bremen and submit them to the IGC via e-mail as soon as it becomes available.

I am having difficulties uploading documents. What should I do?

Each document should not exceed the size of 2 MB. You should work on sizing of the documents and wait until you receive a confirmation that the documents have been uploaded successfully. If you are still unable to upload your documents, you may send us the documents directly to and let us know that you were unable to upload them.

Do I need to turn in my official documents?

These documents can be brought with you when begin your time at the IGC.

After applying

How can I be sure that all my documents have been submitted successfully?

You will be informed on the status of your application throughout the process. If you are missing required documents, or additionally documents are required, you will be informed by our office. Once the application has been completed, you will receive a notification information you of this.

How long does it take to process applications?

You will receive a notification of admission by email with your admissions decision. If you are admitted, physical admission letters are mailed out within a few days or weeks of your acceptance.

When will I find out if I am accepted or not?

You will receive a notification of admission by e-mail with your admissions decision. If you are admitted, physical admission letters are mailed out within a few days or weeks of your acceptance.

What do I need in order to apply for a visa?

Most importantly, you will need notification of admission. Due to the fact that visa processing can take up to several months, we advise you to submit your application as early as possible. If you need help with your visa, or if you are not sure about the required documents, we recommend you check out the following website. Christian Frank, Head of the International Student Assistance at the IGC, is also able to help you with questions regarding visa proceedings (

After Admission

How do I enroll?

You can easily enroll online in our CampInO-Portal. After completing the enrollment process please send us your printed and signed application for enrollment by mail or bring it in person to the IGC admission office.

When do the programs start?

In the winter semester 2024 the lectures of the International MBA (dual degree), and the MBA in International Logistics & Supply Chain Management programs start in October. The first week of October is Welcome Week.
The start of lectures of the MBA in Global Management, the MBA in European/Asian Management and the MBA in International Tourism Management and the Master Management - Digitalization & Transformation programs is in November. Welcome Week of these programs starts the beginning of November.

Do I have to participate in Welcome Week?

In order to help your transition to life in Bremen, don’t miss the Welcome Week! You will have the opportunity to meet fellow students as well as IGC staff, learn about Bremen, and participate in activities.
If you can't be on campus on time, for example due to visa delays, you can easily join online. In this case, we offer hybrid events and lectures for attending both on-site and online. However, by the summer semester of 2025 at the latest, you will be required to attend lectures on-site.

What do I need to know about health insurance?

In order to enroll at IGC, you must have health insurance, which is mandatory in Germany and serves as a safeguard to ensure that you do not have to pay privately for medical treatment and medication in the event of illness or accident. Health insurance also covers the cost of check-ups and preventive examinations.

Please note: Health insurance contributions (approx. 130 euros per month) must be paid from the beginning of your studies, regardless of when you enter Germany. For this purpose, we can determine the applicable date of enrollment, from which the contributions are to be paid, at the latest until the beginning of the studies.

Study at IGC

How long does does the study take?

Most full-time programs at the IGC take one year to 16 months to finish. The program duration varies between two semesters which includes courses and writing the master’s thesis or two semesters of courses plus a third semester where you will write your master thesis. The MBA in Global Management and the MBA in International Tourism Management are designed for a duration of three semesters.

When does the fall semester begin?

In the winter semester 2024, courses for the International MBA (Dual Degree), the MBA International Logistics & Supply Chain Management, the MBA in Global Management and the Master Aeronautical Management M.Eng. will start on October 1. These degree programs start with a Welcome Week. The lectures of the Master Management - Digitalization & Transformation start on October 21.

In November, the lectures for the MBA in International Tourism Management (November 7) and the MBA in European/Asian Management (November 12) will start.

Where do the students/professors come from?

IGC students come from all over the world. On average, between 25 and 40 nationalities are represented in each year's class. Professors also come from around the world and are experts in their fields. They typically take a hands-on approach where you apply what you learn to real life cases/scenarios.

Do I need to write a master’s thesis?

All students are required to write a master's thesis. Students will be provided with guidance on choosing readers, topics and the requirements of the thesis.

Can I stay and work in Germany after graduating?

Yes, many students choose to stay and work in Germany after graduation. You will be required to get a visa in order to stay and look for work in Germany. There will be some sessions to provide assistance in preparing for a applying to jobs, what sorts of jobs you can apply to and other career preparation.


Does the IGC offer scholarships?

We do not offer scholarships. However, there are several opportunities to receive funding to study in Germany. Please check out the following links for information regarding receiving funding:

Where can I find information about financial aid?

We do offer consultation on several options of financial support. If you are interested in finding out more about financial options, please look at the following section of the IGC website.

Further questions?

If you have not found your answer above, we are happy to help you out.

  • For questions regarding specific requirements or the program content, please reach out to the respective program coordinator. Programs    
  • If you have questions related to your application reach out to our admissions team. Admissions
  • If your questions relate to planning your stay after you have secured your place, reach out to our International Student Assistance (ISA) team. ISA   
  • If you have a question and don't know whom to contact, please use our general contact form.   Form